Nissan X-Trail: all-new large SUV coming in 2022

  • An early look at the next Nissan X-Trail
  • Based on Qashqai with e-Power engines
  • Will arrive in the UK in summer 2022

Nissan X-Trail (2022) front view

A new Nissan X-Trail is on the way, and while it won’t arrive until 2022 it’s already been revealed as part of the run-up to the Shanghai Motor Show this year.

The X-Trail has traditionally been closely linked with the smaller Nissan Qashqai, as it’s essentially a larger, seven-seater version of the popular SUV, and that’s also the case here: it uses the same set of parts including the engines.

This means it will use Nissan’s ‘e-Power’ set-up that will also appear on the next Qashqai. This is a hybrid system where electric motors drive the wheels and although there is a petrol engine in the car, it’s only used to charge the batteries when needed.

Nissan says this means it’s more efficient than a normal hybrid where the engine drives the wheels as well, and it’s also a stepping-stone to full electric power for some buyers. Like previous versions of the X-Trail it has seven seats, and the rearmost rows can be folded down to increase the boot space available.

There aren’t a lot of details especially regarding prices and specifications for the UK, because the X-Trail won’t go on sale until summer 2022 here. However, expect it to cost somewhere around the £35,000 mark.

Nissan X-Trail design and technology

Nissan X-Trail (2022) range

The new Nissan X-Trail has a similar design to the next Qashqai, with a large V-shaped grille with a large Nissan badge and sharp headlights with LED signature lights. There’s chrome all over this Chinese-market version but it’s possible this will be changed on UK models, or differ based on the trim level.

At the sides there are chunky black plastic wheel arches, roof rails and charpe creases in the bodywork, then at the back there’s a roof spoiler, a large silver lower bumper and a deep recess for the number plate.

Along with the e-Power hybrid model, it’s possible that normal petrol versions will be available. The Qashqai will use a 1.3-litre engine with this and the X-Trail could use this as well.

There will be front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models and Nissan says there will be selectable modes including snow, gravel or mud settings. A CVT gearbox is likely to match that in the Qashqai too.

What's it like inside?

Nissan hasn't shown us an interior image yet, but it's fair to say that it is likely to follow on from the Qashqai, although it may have more standard equipment as it’s likely to be more expensive overall. There will be more safety equipment than on the current X-Trail, and the new model is said to bring 'more efficiency, refinement, versatility and user-friendly technology.'

This means it’s likely to get the new ProPilot semi-autonomous car tech seen on the Qashqai, which can drive for you in stop-start traffic, and blind-spot assist.

What this means for you

The Nissan X-Trail is a long way off yet, as it won’t arrive in the UK until the summer of 2022. It’s good to know that a new model is on the way, though, and that it will use the same hi-tech powertrain as the upcoming new Nissan Qashqai.

As a buyer you can use the knowledge that there’s a new X-Trail coming to haggle with your dealer when buying the current model, or hold off until the next version arrives. Or, if you don’t need seven seats, you could consider the Qashqai instead, which will arrive much sooner.

We’ll have all the full details including prices and specs for the Nissan X-Trail when they’re available. For now, why not read our review of the current model?

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Nissan X-Trail (2022) rear view